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Pushing back against denial – the Death Cafe approach

Talking about death was once normal, then it became un-normal – taboo – with the advent of what is now a death denying society. But the pushback is gaining momentum. In: Tassie Death Cafe helps visitors come to terms with … Continue reading

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Normalising grief, a normal response to death and loss

A lot a attention is given to grief as if it deserves more consideration than other aspects of life. But does it and should it? In: A Beginner’s Guide to Grief: joy and sadness belong together in this new Australian … Continue reading

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About as natural as you can get these days

Not embalmed, body bathed by his son and dressed in a favourite outfit. Coffin made of simple cardboard and not lined with plastic. It had rope handles — all materials that were biodegradable. The funeral procession followed the hearse on … Continue reading

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The stories we tell ourselves, the mind games we play

A recent story in a daily newspaper reported that the adult parents in a family of four had determined not to write up their wills, saying: “Making a will makes us feel very old.” Haven’t got around to it is … Continue reading

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Direct-it-yourself, it’s not rocket science

ABC television broadcasts across the country with many programs of immense community interest. One of these is Australian Story. In a program broadcast under the title: A community undertaking (ABC TV, June 20, 2022) it highlighted that choice is lacking … Continue reading

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Worth checking out other options before we check out at our ending of days

If the content of this story by Matt Wade is any indicator of a broader attitude to stick with the status quo and not search out alternatives, then it’s little wonder that the mainstream funeral industry has most Australians convinced … Continue reading

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Valuing one life over another, what determines our rationale

Things are never as simple as they seem writes Waleed Aly: Inequality in death reigns as it does in life (SMH July 25, 2014). While this story is now 8 years old, the content, nevertheless, rings true. Write Aly: “I … Continue reading

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Not dreary, not deathly quiet, a destination for the living as well as the dead

“As the historic grounds host fewer funerals and some graves fall into decay, the Melbourne General Cemetery is reinventing itself a a tourist spot and picnic park,’ writes Robyn Dixon in Graveyard rises from the dead (Newcastle Herald, Weekender, February … Continue reading

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AFTER death life carries on

When the topic turns to where to go when we die, the answers can range from terror of dying to an opportunity for dealing with the corpse in a similar fashion to animals in nature, which includes leave me under … Continue reading

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Online streaming adds to funeral attendance options

Social media is encroaching on more and more of our daily lives – but only because we allow it to.  Whether it be by conscious decision or by default because we choose to pay no attention, the pushers of social … Continue reading

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